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Sinai victims want case hastened

Sinai slum fire victims have asked the court to expedite a case where they have sued the state and other key institutions seeking Sh6 billion compensation.

The September 2011 fire tragedy left over 100 people dead and over 800 injured.

To date however, they say there has been no meaningful progress in their case.

The victims, through lawyer Evans Ondieki, told High Court Judge David Majanja that theirs was delayed justice and pleaded that the next mention date be converted into a hearing.

“I will be making an application to have the next mention date be made a hearing so that the victims who continue to suffer can get justice expedited,” explained lawyer Ondieki.

The victims also said that though some of them lost relatives as a result of the fire tragedy, many of these relatives have not been buried because their remains were not found.

The application was filed by the victims through Nairobi senator Gedion Mbuvi Kioko, then Makadara MP, and who is asking the court to award damages to the victims of the  fire tragedy which has left many with permanent scars on their bodies.

Over 30 residents drawn from Hazina, Mukuru Kayaba, Tetra Pack and Sinai have sworn affidavits stating how they have resided in the area for over 40 years and should not fall victims of negligence by companies which do not want to follow industrial and NEMA laws.

Those sued include the Attorney General, Nairobi City County, Kenya Pipeline Company Limited (KPC), National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) and the Kenya Railways Corporation (KR).

The case will be mentioned on December 3, 2013.